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First Appearance: Asterix in Spain
Bacteria is the wife of Unhygienix. She is one of the inner circle of village wives. She is quiet and easy-going, but doesn’t hesitate to say exactly what she thinks. She helps her husband run his shop, selling fish of dubious quality, and is unperturbed by the bizarre uses to which they are sometimes put. They have two sons (whose names have not been mentioned) – one with blonde hair in Asterix in Corsica, and the other with red hair in Asterix and the Secret Weapon. In Asterix and Obelix’s Birthday: The Golden Book the blonde son is seen having taken over the shop but rather than to import the fish from Lutetia, he gets the fish he sells from the nearby sea. This displeases his father who fears that the “good name of the shop will go to waste” that way.
- French: Iélosubmarine (a pun on “Yellow Submarine”) – a variant of this is used in most translations.
- In English, bacteria is the name for a kingdom of microorganisms, some of which are responsible for various diseases, keeping the same unsanitary character as her husband’s name.
- In Dutch, she is Forentientje (‘voor een tientje’ means ‘for a ten-guilder bill’, keeping the same monetary nature as the translation of her husband’s name)
- In Scandinavian, she is Remouladine (After the dressing, remoulade, popular in Scandinavia and often eaten along with fish) (but her name is never used in Swedish!)
- In Polish she is “Jelousubmarina”, which is “yellow submarine” written according to Polish pronunciation and with a female ending.